- to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
Origin of motivate
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induce, move, provoke, prompt, cause.
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- (of a person, intention, etc) have sufficient incentive, desire, or drive
- (tr) to give incentive to
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Word Origin and History for well-motivated
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